Monday, August 11, 2008

Just plain silly - except of course that it means no questions from the press

Senator Obama's campaign announced yesterday that it will text-messaging, yes, text-messaging his choice of v.p. candidate to those who sign up for the message. I am not the only one who regards this as absurd. (Here's commentary from somebody who writes a blog on a tech site.)

But I do notice that by using this hip new form of making a major political announcement, Senator Obama avoids holding a press conference, thereby avoiding any chance he might be asked any question he does not want to answer.

This is consistent with Senator Obama's approach to openness. He rents a football stadium but will not call for a genuine roll call vote with Senator Clinton's name in nomination. He will text message anybody with a cell phone but he will not make himself available to reporters.

These are not democratic methods. They more closely resemble the techniques historically used by fascists determined to control and manipulate public opinion while at the same time ralllying public support or insisting on shows of them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez HLF, another marketing strategy designed to infiltrate and manipulate the human psyche. When are more people going to wake up and realize democracy is not the handing over of your voice to A person or A political party, rather, it is active participation in how the government is run by citizens, not the citizens run by the government..

Thom Hartmann has two wonderful books on democracy, What would Jefferson Do?: A Return to Democracy and Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights.

Thank you for all you and Marc are accomplishing, awesome work, and greatly appreciated!

August 11, 2008 at 8:51 AM  
Anonymous athyrio said...

this is a pretty sneaky way to get the cell phone numbers of voters IMO....

August 11, 2008 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Lynn E said...

Very, very scary and I'm glad you finally used the "F" word. This guy is very dangerous and his followers make him even more dangerous. This is not a nice man. He is actually destroying other Democrats. When will the Democratic Party finally realize that being a Democrat and letting this guy have his way is a bad idea? It actually seems to relate to Pol Pot, destroying your own people. He wiped out minorities but didn't see any problem in getting rid of other Khmers either. The American Left at the time and Chomsky up to now, alleged that the it was propaganda then blamed the US for throwing Cambodia into chaos. The Left never took responsibility for their monster creation and denying his deeds. Will it be the same with Obama? Will he go down in history for being misunderstood?

August 11, 2008 at 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Murph said...

omg, ur kiddin me datz not kewl itz rly so HS ok got 2 go ttyl

But seriously, I am just...appalled. And this is actually being touted as a legitimate form of communication in presidential politics! Truly, we have moved into the American Idol era of public service. Frightening. What's next -- messages about foreign policy under Snapple tops?

August 11, 2008 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous soupcity said...

Good grief, I wonder how much BO makes you donate to get his extra special text message.

August 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AT&T is the official wireless provider for the convention. Wouldn't be surprised if the two issues are tied together.

August 11, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Runa said...

I am so NOT surprised. Senator Obama and his campaign have time and again demonstrated a preference for form over substance. This is one more attempt to prove how "with it" the campaign is while subverting any democratic process. I cannot understand why people cannot see through him : the cult-like following , the public rallies, the staged photo-ops - if it were not so frightening it would be funny

August 11, 2008 at 11:56 AM  
Anonymous kavala007 said...

I wonder how the biased media feels about being shut out. My take is that he is telling them he no longer needs them since he has AT&T and cell phone numbers. Also, I wonder how much that is going to cost.

August 11, 2008 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Where does it say he WON"T be making a press announcement or holding a press conference through the usual channels?I don't read it that way.

I agree with Athryrio: it's a way to get cell phone numbers (and more emails.

August 11, 2008 at 5:10 PM  
Anonymous minty said...

I think Obama is having a meltdown myself.

August 11, 2008 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger democraticjack said...

Is this the telecom's payoff to Obama for flipping on FISA?
I keep thinking of the Wizard of Oz.

August 11, 2008 at 7:06 PM  
Anonymous kat in your hat said...

Maybe we should get back down to basics. What does "change" mean Mr. Obama? Sometimes I feel like Obama is *consuming* the democratic party. Devouring its principles and standards and the free-thinking idealism I always associated with democrats...and it started way before the HQ of the DNC moved to Chicago. I seriously feel like he is infecting our party, contaminating it with corruption--but on a moral scale. I think the democratic party is being taken over by the fantatical fringe of supposed democrats who are so eager to win, that they lost the whole point of what we should be fighting for...there is an element of emptiness and even cunning...and the whole deception has been pushed so hard, and on such a grand scale that every now and then I feel a sharp fear for the country on a basic level...just true concern for the USA and Americans. It all feels so wrong, so pre-planned, so contrived, and so ruthless. Why?

I simply cannot ever vote for him, and now I am beginning to wonder if it even matters who anyone votes for.

It all feels so fixed, like maybe democracy is actually a sham, and it hurts me!

If something is wrong, and the Clinton's and others let it happen, then what? Then where are we as a Nation? So I'll just keep fighting against the machine--and I never thought I would think of the democratic party as "the machine," but the party has CHANGED.

August 12, 2008 at 4:09 AM  
Anonymous mm said...

Great comments. It does get more frightening day by day to watch the certainty of arrogance flowing from the Obama camp. Does this remind anyone of Bush 2000? When we had a "selected" president, not an elected one and when that president was so arrogant that nothing he did could be challenged? Obama would be the 3rd Bush term. According to CNN yesterday, Obama is refusing to allow a state-by-state roll call vote as has been traditional since 1964, and he is filling the stadium with his supporters so as to "drown out" any Clinton opposition voices.
And this is democracy?

August 12, 2008 at 6:52 AM  
Anonymous minty said...

If it comes down to a fascist rally, Clinton delegates and those delegates with a firm grip on reality need to stand tall.

My suggestion would be either leave the convention, stay and refuse to cast a ballot, or simply vote "present" since Obama is good at that one.

Obama cannot fill the stadium with enough people to secure the election.

It gives fuel to the RNC ads that Obama disenfranchised his own party..what will he do to America?

We continue to state our case. Heidi and Marc have done a fabulous job in doing so. I do fully believe we must continue to press on until the convention. However, I am not sure we will succeed in the outcome we desire in August. But ultimately succeed we will in November.

August 12, 2008 at 8:07 AM  

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